Bellini’s The Capulets and the Montagues

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and soprano Nicole Cabell star as Romeo and Giulietta in The Capulets and the Montagues presented by San Francisco Opera. Bellini’s operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet tells a slightly varied but equally heartbreaking story.

Stepping in for Tybalt in the original story, Giulietta’s fiancé Tebaldo is played by Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu. American bass-baritone Eric Owens sings the role of Capellio, Giulietta’s antagonistic father. Riccardo Frizza conducts the production.



Giulietta                                  Nicole Cabell

Romeo                                    Joyce DiDonato

Tebaldo                                   Saimir Pirgu

Lorenzo                                   Ao Li

Capellio                                   Eric Owens


CONDUCTOR:                      Riccardo Frizza

STAGE DIRECTOR:              Vincent Boussard


CHORUS DIRECTOR:           Ian Robertson

Comments [4]

concetta nardone from Nassau

Thank you Mr. Lane. Bellini was like holy water in that composers dipped into his style, Wagner with Siegfried Rhine Journey and ending of Walkure which sounds a little like the ending of Norma. There is a piece of music by Chopin which sounds like the opening of one of the scenes of Norma.
Best wishes

Aug. 11 2013 08:11 AM
kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawathal NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

I meant to say ever increasing costs of full scale productions RULE [not rile] out many otherwise worthy operas. An opera composer myself, I have concerns about the trend for TRENDY stylized, unique for uniqueness sake directors fantasies that conjure up story lines that do not match the author/composer's intentions.

Aug. 10 2013 04:33 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner M

VINCENZO BELLINI lived only 33 years but his genius inspired most composers, including Wagner who much admired Norma. Donizetti and Chopin were close admiring friends. Joyce DiDonato and Eric Owens sang spectacularly. Although Bellini wrote 11 operas his La Sonnambula, I Puritani and Norma are the only ones that measure up to being staples for the general opera audiences. Tastes change but the ever increasing costs of full scale productions rile out many otherwise worthy operas.

Aug. 10 2013 04:24 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Some nice singing. This is not an opera I would take with me if I were exiled but it has its moments. Overture was very lively and I imagined swordfights in the music. It certainly sounded Italian. I am waiting for Juliet's funeral procession. I remember hearing it many, many years ago and found it to be beautiful. This opera is not Norma nor Sonnambula(?) but worth hearing it occasionally.

Aug. 10 2013 02:37 PM

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